Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale | Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Ales
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired in August 2013.

Added by AleWatcher on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 29
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5/5  rDev +68.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -57.9%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malty aroma is not strong, has hints of yeast and vanilla. Pours a clear amber with a frothy off-white head that makes itself scarce rather quickly. Malty flavor has an appreciable vanilla undertone, fairly but not overly sweet. Smooth texture has average body, fizz is wanting. Not Ass Kisser’s best, but if you like vanilla give it a chance.

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of maki88
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with a moderate off-white head, which lingered for a significant time. Nice coloration for a pale ale, though largely unremarkable.

S: Hints of vanilla up-front, with subtle notes of citrus and a slightly sweet, malty undertone. For a "vanilla pale ale," I'd say that the vanilla scent is less than expected.

T: Vanilla is clearly present on impact, but still underwhelming -- competing with a kind of tangy, citrus flavor that becomes an almost bitter finish. Hints of vanilla return for a slight aftertaste.

M: Smooth and light, bordering on thin. Carbonation is unremarkable.

O: Generally "average," but also somewhat disappointing. For a "vanilla pale ale," the vanilla flavor just isn't living up to the name, leaving a tangy citrus flavor to dominate. It would be a decent beer to enjoy on a hot day, but the flavors seemed askew and almost boring. Drinkability is reduced because of the strange, tangy flavor. Not at all excited to drink this again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light hazy golden, one finger of head retained at a thin covering and left some random lacing
S - grainy with light grass, pleasant touch of vanilla, with a slight sour bite
T - much like the nose with an added mineral flavour that is quite prominent and seems to almost replace the vanilla
M - light and well carbonated, just a touch prickly, finishes dry and mineral like
O - its not a bad beer but its definitely average, the vanilla that is prominent on the nose seems to wilt on the tongue, worth a try but not a repeater

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Photo of andrenaline
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bready caramel, some sweet honey notes and a hint of vanilla.

T - Much like the nose the bready caramel notes dominate, with the vanilla almost undetectable at first, but coming through and lingering nicely on the finish. Hop profile comes through in the form of faint leafy greens on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A mild pale ale, but the hint of vanilla offers a unique twist to an otherwise forgettable pale ale. Easily sessioned and pretty tasty. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +34.7%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a light orange color, with about a fingers worth of head that settles to thin layer and ring. Spotty lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a light amount of sweet malt and floral hops, then the vanilla kicks in. Not much else going on here, but it is interesting.

T: First thing I'm getting is a very grassy taste followed by vanilla... but not much else here. The finish is clean with a little bitter aftertaste.

M: Mid to light bodied, carbonation is on par with a pale ale.

O: I'd say this beer is not fantastic but interesting, worth trying just to see what vanilla tastes like in a pale ale. I have to say it reminds me of the first vanilla coke I tried years ago.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +34.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear copper body, some lacing.

S: lots of vanilla, caramel malts and citrus hops.

T: lots of vanilla, earthy herbal and slight pine hops with a nice caramel malt backbone.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one is very drinkable and interesting. I would like a little more out of the base beer but the vanilla is perfectly applied.

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1/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.39/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a soft copper, no foam. Clear top. Creamy vanilla nose. A little peppery. Taste is a vanilla dominated malt, which stays sweet and wards away any bitterness. A bit obvious, but the dominant flavor really is the vanilla. Smooth and tasty.

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4/5  rDev +34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of horshack7
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a pale hazy brassy color with a light frothy head an inch thick.

Aroma: Vanilla, orange cream, faint butterscotch, and a bit of nuttiness in the back.

Taste: Lots of vanilla in the front, sweetness from the malts is towards the caramel side. Orange cream, and light citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery.

Notes: Not too exciting but decently drinkable for a warm day. Cheers.

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Ass Kisser Vanilla Pale Ale from Ass Kisser Ales
2.97 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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